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Muirchú's Life of Patrick (Author: Muirchú maccu Machtheni)

Chapter 3


II 15 (13). (1) Let our account return to what has been said above. An angel used to come to him regularly on the seventh day of every week, and as one man talks to another so Patrick enjoyed the angel's


conversation. (2) Even when, at the age of sixteen, Patrick had fallen into captivity and spent six years in servitude, the angel came thirty times to meet him, and he enjoyed the angel's counsels and their conversations before he went from Ireland to the Latins. [He used to pray a hundred times during the day, and a hundred times during the night.]

(3) One day, when tending swine, he lost them and the angel came to him and showed him where the swine were. One day after the same angel had talked to him about many things he placed his foot on the rock of Scirit opposite Sliab Miss and ascended in his presence, and the footprint of the angel can be seen in the rock to the present day. (4)And it is that place where (the angel) had spoken with him thirty times, and that place is a place of prayer, and there the faithful obtain most happily the things for which they pray.